THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD: The sharing econ­omy in Toronto took an­other step for­ward with the re­cent launch of Boro (boro­cloth­ing.ca). The startup, founded by Chris Cun­dari and Natalie Festa, fa­cil­i­tates the lend­ing of gar­ments and ac­ces­sories to strangers at af­ford­able prices. It’s like the Airbnb of cloth­ing. Shop­pers can bor­row cloth­ing for ei­ther a four-day or 10day pe­riod. Len­ders can make some extra money loan­ing out their clothes. This af­ter it was an­nounced that bike-sharing ser­vice Drop­bike would be launching in Toronto this sum­mer.

THE BAD: An­other Toronto Blue Jays player em­bar­rassed the city by ut­ter­ing a ho­mo­pho­bic slur at an op­pos­ing pitcher dur­ing a game last month. Star cen­tre fielder Kevin Pil­lar fol­lowed in the foot­steps of short­stop Yunel Es­co­bar, who was sus­pended for three games af­ter writ­ing a ho­mo­pho­bic slur on his eye black be­fore a game in 2012. Ap­par­ently, the league has an is­sue and there is no in­di­ca­tion it is go­ing away any time soon. For his part in the con­tro­versy, Pil­lar was very apolo­getic and ac­cepted his two-game sus­pen­sion.

THE BIZARRE: When a black bear was caught traips­ing through Scar­bor­ough pok­ing its head in garbage cans, Toronto au­thor­i­ties were ap­par­ently in­ca­pable of do­ing any­thing but shoot­ing it dead, be­cause an­i­mal con­trol ser­vice was not equipped to prop­erly deal with the sit­u­a­tion. “Prop­erly equipped” mean­ing hav­ing a tran­quil­izer gun handy. The kind that the nearby Toronto Zoo likely has by the truck­load. The kind you might need for coy­otes, per­haps, or any other large an­i­mal. Peo­ple’s safety, of course, but an­i­mals need protection, too.

Kevin Pil­lar

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